For the past 133 years – dating back to 1886, even before Sausalito was incorporated – Sausalito’s Portuguese-American community has held an annual Festa do Espírito Santo, or Festival of the Holy Spirit, on Pentecost Sunday. The Festival honors both the Holy Spirit and the memory of Portugal’s Queen Isabel, who was known for her generosity and devotion to the poor.
The day includes a parade, complete with Queens from the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center and sister halls in the Bay Area, a special Mass, a traditional lunch of “Sopas e Carne.”
Festa Schedule (please note a few updates in orange)
All of these activities are open to the public and we hope you will join us. There is no need to make reservations – simply show up on June 9th.
10:45 am — Parade assembly in front of IDESST Hall
11:00 am — Parade departs for march to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church (180 Harrison Ave.)
11:15 am — First Sopas lunch seating at the IDESST Hall (for those not attending church mass) — seating open to general public on a first-come basis
11:30 am — Mass at Star of the Sea Church 12:30 pm After mass, parade procession departs Star of the Sea Church to return to the IDESST Hall. The procession pauses briefly at Praça de Cascais on Bridgeway for the playing of national anthems of the United States and Portugal.
~ 1:15 pm — Ceremony in front of the IDESST Hall for the release of the white dove, representing the Holy Spirit, and the playing of the Festa hymn, “Alva Pomba” (“White Dove”)
~ 1:30 pm — Main Sopas lunch seating at the IDESST Hall when parade and Queen procession returns to IDESST.
The Queens and parade participants will be given identifying wristbands and receive preferential seating. Those without wristbands will be seated on a space-available basis, after all parade participants are accommodated. Additional seatings will be arranged following the second seating.
2:15 pm — Grand March: Presentation of our Queen, Her attendants court and escorts.
2:45 pm — Lusitania Band of the North Bay performs